By an overwhelming majority of 32 votes to none, the Senate in the southern state of Kentucky passed a bill that would guarantee “medical care, medical treatment, or surgical care” to babies born alive after an abortion attempt has failed, according to The Associated Press.
The SB 9 legislation, which has yet to be ratified by the state House of Representatives, would require health care providers and physicians to provide “medically appropriate and reasonable lifesaving and life-sustaining medical care and treatment” of newborns who survive an abortion.
Failure to comply with such provisions would become a felony punishable by law with one to five years in prison in a state that already prohibits abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
“We want to make sure that life is protected not only in the womb, but certainly after the baby’s out of the womb,” Sen. Whitney Westerfield (R-Ky. District 3), lead sponsor of the “live birth” abortion bill, said Monday, Jan. 27.
This was the second time Westerfield had introduced a similar measure. His previous bill failed to pass the House last year despite receiving no votes against it and nine in favor.
At the time, Westerfield received praise from committee Chairman Al Robinson, who said the bill was aimed at “protecting the most innocent in our society,” the Courier Journal described.
Kate Miller, defense director for the American Civil Liberties Union in Kentucky, wrote to lawmakers to reject the SB 9 legislation as an attempt to “criminalize the work that dedicated doctors do to provide this safe, legal, constitutionally protected care.”
“Abortion is and always has been necessary, and Kentuckians must be able to avail themselves of this care, regardless of the personal opposition our elected officials may have to this procedure,” Miller emphasized in her letter last week.
‘A human life’
“Who can dispute that that’s a human life?” Westerfield asked Monday during a brief discussion of the legislation, according to,” The Associated Press. “It’s outside the womb. It’s alive. Who would advocate for it to be killed,” he added.
“We want to make sure the law’s there to punish those that are trying to do it and get away with it,” he said, giving impetus to the latest initiative in the series, among which Kentucky Republicans are proposing a constitutional amendment to rule out abortion as a right, ban it once a heartbeat is detected or prevent public funds from going to abortion companies.
It is worth noting that recently President Trump, who became the first White House guest to attend the annual March for Life in person, criticized the Democrats for having “embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades, and arguably even centuries.”
“We love the Commonwealth of Virginia, but what is going on in Virginia?” he asked after Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s controversial remarks last year. “The governor stated that he would execute a baby after birth,” he said.
He recalled that U.S. Senate Democrats have even gone so far as to block national legislation that would provide medical care to babies who survive failed abortion attempts.
That’s why I urge our members of Congress gathered here “to defend the dignity of life and to pass legislation banning advanced abortion for children who may feel pain in their mother’s womb,” President Trump said.
Furthermore, “We cannot know what our unborn citizens will accomplish, the dreams, the masterpieces they will imagine, the discoveries they will create or what they will do, but we know that every life brings love to this world, every child brings joy to a family, every person is worth protecting, and above all we know that every human soul is divine and every human life born or unborn is made in the holy image of Almighty God,” he concluded.